Wednesday, September 16, 2009

National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund endorses Cleaveland

Cleaveland & Cantor

Cleaveland & Cantor

The Cleaveland campaign issued the following press release:

Roanoke, VA—Bill Cleaveland, Republican candidate for the 17th House of Delegates seat has received the endorsement of the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF). The endorsement by the gun rights group was highly coveted by both 17th District candidates, but ultimately went to Bill Cleaveland, the same candidate Delegate William Fralin has endorsed. Cleaveland received an “A” rating from the organization based on their candidates’ questionnaire.

Bill Cleaveland issued this statement regarding the endorsement: “It is an honor to receive this important endorsement from the NRA-PVF. For more than 125 years the NRA has defended an individual’s right to keep and bear arms and has helped protect those rights granted by our Constitution. I’ve spent the last twenty-five years as an attorney and fourteen years as a substitute judge fighting to defend individual rights and freedom. The only thing that will change for me in Richmond is the setting. With the NRA’s defense of our Second Amendment rights, coupled with my own legal work defending an individual’s personal and property rights–I believe we make a good team.”

Gun rights are expected to continue as a hotly debated topic in the next General Assembly. Richmond Democrats have been pushing efforts to ban private sales of firearms and maintain gun control restrictions that passed in the early 1990s.

The NRA and its 120,000 dues paying members in Virginia hope to play a major role in determining who will be deciding these issues.

Cleaveland, a gun owner himself, enjoys shooting and hunting. He is a strong believer in keeping the sport’s legacy alive. Cleaveland welcomes the support and active participation of gun owners and sportsmen in this campaign as they work to send him and his “Common Sense Leadership” to Richmond.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2009, Politics, State Politics

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